Create More 'Aha' Moments That Embed Deep Learning

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 1:20pm - 2:10pm EST  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Josh Davis, Barnard College

Sometimes ideas come like a bolt of lightning, out of the blue. Scientific and business lore are full of anecdotes describing how a single, sudden insight can yield great advances ... or profits. It turns out that the act of having an insight or 'aha' moment is central for learning as well. It creates memories that are deeper, creates immediate engagement, and even changes the brain in such a way that it never goes back. This session explores the neuroscience and practice of how to facilitate more of these moments of insight in any learning experience, to increase the chances of sustained learning or change.


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Opening Keynote Session: Presented by David Rock, Co-Founder & Director, The Neuroleadership Group


Track 1: Designing Learning
Session 1: Make Learning Sticky – Presenter: Grace Chang, Ph.d. (UCLA)
Session 2: Create New Habits: The neuroscience of goal setting and behavior change – Presenter: Elliot Berkman, Ph.d. (University of Oregon)


Track 2: Facilitating Learning
Session 3: Peak Performance for Trainers: The neuroscience of managing your mental state – Presenter: Matt Lieberman. Ph.d. (UCLA)
Session 4: Create More 'Aha' Moments That Embed Deep Learning – Presenter: Josh Davis, Ph.d. (Columbia University)


Closing Message: Presented by Tony Bingham, President & CEO, ASTD


Josh Davis
Josh Davis

Barnard College

Josh Davis received his bachelor’s from Brown University, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His career began in engineering, from which he transitioned to academic teaching and research about the mind and brain. His research deals with adaptive emotional state control and mind-body connections. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and he has taught at New York University, Columbia University, and Barnard College. He is a member of the Barnard College Department of Psychology.

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